La Brea Tar PitsLa Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum
5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
• Children (ages 3-12) – $5
• Youths (ages 13-17), Seniors 62+, & college students with I.D – $9
• Adults – $12
Trapped in oil-rich tar in the heart of LA, the fossil remains of over 600 species are on display at the Page Museum. The La Brea Tar Pits are the archaeological epicenter of the American West Coast, with a world-famous museum displaying all the major finds, including “Zed,” a recently discovered Columbian mammoth.
How Did the Animals End Up Here?
About 11,000 to 50,000 years ago, this part of Los Angeles was full of asphalt deposits. While the area was cooler and wetter at the time, the thick liquid acted like quicksand to unwitting animals. Large plant-eaters often got mired, followed by a series of predators and birds of prey. Centuries later, scientists now have a bounty of well-preserved remains to study.
What Animal Fossils are on Display?
Perhaps the most amazing thing about the Page Museum at the Tar Pits is that visitors can watch scientists in action through the Fish Bowl Lab, as they painstakingly work to preserve the tar-browned remains of thousands of prehistoric specimens. Animals on display include saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, coyotes, and wooly mammoths.
The current salvage project at La Brea Tar Pits promises to grossly increase the fossil collection at Page Museum. All this is due to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and their new parking garage. As construction began, 16 more archaeological sites were added to the scope of the Pits, just 2 miles from Elan Hotel.